A dramaturg is a library with a soul. She knows words, literature, grammar, writing, style, research, history and media (and if she doesn’t know any of these things, she knows how to find them), but she makes sure they have life, a reason for being there. She doesn’t just collect information from her hours of reading and writing; she soaks it in and discovers its purpose.
According to the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas:
“Working in theatres and playwrights’ organizations, in colleges and universities, and on a project-by-project basis, dramaturgs contextualize the world of a play; establish connections among the text, actors, and audience; offer opportunities for playwrights; generate projects and programs; and create conversations about plays in their communities. In the ecology of theatre-making, dramaturgs and literary managers forge a critical link between artists and institutions, and institutions and their communities. They work with their other artistic collaborators to hone their vision, focus their goals and find outlets for their creative work on new and classical plays and dance pieces. Dramaturgs and literary managers serve the field as experts on our dramatic past and as advocates for writers of today and the important work of the future.”